Liberal government will use throne speech to roll out electric vehicle strategy
· CBC News
Navdeep Bains says initiative will help create jobs, reduce emissions
The Liberal government will use the speech from the throne to lay out a plan to create tens of thousands of jobs by connecting Canada’s resource sector with its manufacturing base to produce batteries for electric cars, Radio-Canada has learned.
“We recognize we have a unique opportunity to take advantage of our skilled labour force and we know we have a long and proud history of manufacturing vehicles, planes, ships and trains, and we also have an abundant amount of natural resources,” Innovation, Science and Industry Minister Navdeep Bains told Radio-Canada.
“We could be a world leader in [electric vehicle] battery manufacturing if we leverage our natural resources like lithium, cobalt … nickel, aluminum — the key ingredients that are required in batteries. Then we want to make sure that we manufacture them here and … use them in our trains, our buses, our ships and our planes.”
Bains said the green technology sector is expected to be worth trillions of dollars in the coming years and Canada could take advantage of that market by positioning itself as the chief North American supplier of batteries for electric vehicles.
“Not only do we want to be in a position to be building [electric vehicle] batteries here in Canada for the North American market, we want to be a global leader to take advantage of global opportunities,” he said.
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